About

Music has loomed large in Synia’s life since her childhood in Philadelphia where she first began writing her own songs and performing with school and church groups. In high school she ventured out as a solo folk/rock performer, accompanying herself on guitar. Shortly after graduating from Wesleyan University, Synia moved to New York where her smooth, clear vocals were soon recognized, leading to session work with a number of performing and recording artists including Curtis Hairston, Lewis Caisson, Cookie Watkins, jazz harmonica player Will Galison and trombonist Henry Mitchell. It was vibraphonist Jay Hoggard who first encouraged Synia to step forward to pursue a career as a lead vocalist.

Synia’s career transitioned to “Soca Music” also known as the soul of calypso, where she worked for a number of years with groups lead by Bernard Liburd, Designer, and Lord Nelson. In 1984 Synia joined Mikata, an African/Caribbean Funk ensemble, where she became a lead singer and contributing song writer. From their first gig at Sounds of Brazil the band performed regularly in many New York clubs including Heart Break’s, Irving Plaza, Danceteria, and the Pyramid Club. They also appeared at numerous colleges and festivals around the country and in Canada and Japan.

After a nine year association with Mikata, Synia refocused her energy to raising her two children and to beginning a professional teaching career in Connecticut. While singing was placed on the back burner during this stage of Synia’s life, she still performed occasionally with local Pop, Rock, and R&B groups. In recent years Synia has performed with Sal d’Alessandro and reconnected with fellow Mikata player Mychael Ross.

In 2008 Synia developed an interest in jazz when she began her association with the Brian Butler Group performing in Connecticut. It was here that Synia really discovered her love for jazz standards and great artists like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughn. Other influences include Lizz Wright, Dianne Reeves, and Phyllis Hyman.

Synia relocated to Sarasota in 2014 with the intention of connecting with the rich Sarasota, Suncoast jazz scene. Since arriving she has found that Sarasota’s great musicians and vocalists are the most welcoming and generous she has ever known. Synia recently commented that, “Here in Sarasota it’s not only ‘all about the bass,’ but truly all about the music.”

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Shows

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Date Event Location
Synia Carroll & Friends Burns Court Bistro, Sarasota, FL 34236 Burns Court Bistro, Sarasota, FL 34236
with Tom Pizzi, Michael Ross, Chuck Weirich & Rich MacDonald Blue Rooster, Sarasota, FL Blue Rooster, Sarasota, FL
Two Souls of Jazz with Theo Valentin - Patrick Bettison, Ron Gregg & John Lamb Palladium - Side Door, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 Palladium - Side Door, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
with La Lucha - Alejandro Arenas, Mark Feinman & John O'Leary Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin Florida Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin Florida
with La Lucha - Alejandro Arenas, Mark Feinman & John O'Leary Court Cabaret - Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, Fl 34236 Court Cabaret - Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, Fl 34236
Jazz At Two - Jazz Club of Sarasota Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
Al Hixon and Friends Private Party Longboat Key Longboat Key
Singin' & Swingin' III with Whitney James American Stage / Raymond James Theatre, St Petersburg, FL 33701 American Stage / Raymond James Theatre, St Petersburg, FL 33701
4th Annual Valentines Day Concert Court Cabaret - Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, Fl 34236 Court Cabaret - Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, Fl 34236
Synia Carroll in Concert Court Cabaret - Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, Fl 34236 Court Cabaret - Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, Fl 34236

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 Fred Johnson - vocals,   Michael Ross - bass,   J. J. Pattishall - guitar

American Stage Theater, St. Petersburg, FL   -   June 2018

Billy Marcus - piano,   Jeremy Carter - saxophone,   Stephen Bucholtz - drums,   Billy Pillucere - bass

Court Cabaret, Sarasota, FL  -  April 2018

Alejandro Arenas - bass,   Mark Feinman - drums,   John O'Leary - piano  ( La Lucha )

American Stage Theater, St. Petersburg, FL   -   January 2018

 

Billy Marcus - piano,   Jeremy Carter - saxophone,   Stephen Bucholtz - drums,   Billy Pillucere - bass

Court Cabaret, Sarasota, FL  -  April 2018

 

Alejandro Arenas - bass,   Mark Feinman - drums,   John O'Leary - piano,   James Suggs - trumpet

American Stage Theater, St. Petersburg, FL   -   January 2018

 

Billy Marcus - piano,   Jeremy Carter - saxophone,   Stephen Bucholtz - drums,   Billy Pillucere - bass

Court Cabaret, Sarasota, FL  -  April 2018

 

Album

Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes   

"Sarasota-based Synia Carroll is out with a gem of a debut recording. Here’s To You… teams the singer with her steady rhythm section. The trio members – pianist Billy Marcus, bassist Don Mopsick and drummer Stephen Bucholtz – are terrific accompanists and soloists in their own right and bring much to the music. Dig their groove and Marcus’s romping solo on “My Favorite Things.” Max Kelly adds Latin percussion on three tracks. Carroll has a wonderful lilt and an innate sense of time that enables her to wrap herself inside a song and make it her own. Much to her credit here, she stayed away from the most tiresome standards, opting for ones deserving more attention. Gems here include her takes on the Nina Simone hit “Be My Husband,” Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro-Blue” and the smoldering “Black Coffee.” Other favorites: “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” Edu Lobo’s “Tristeza” (“Goodbye Sadness” and the Shirley Horn-Joe Williams staple “Here’s to Life.” She’s used them to paint her own portrait of love and romance."

C. Michael Bailey           All About Jazz  

"Et in terra. Honesty in music is expressed in its simplicity. The first right thing that vocalist Synia Carroll does on her debut recording, Here's to You... is employ a jazz piano trio, the subatomic format for jazz: piano, bass, and drums. The second thing that Carroll does is fix her art in the earth, something older artists fail to do until later in their career, to their considerable disadvantage as I hear it. Carroll does two things here also. She mixes the frankly carnal with the grown up in "Be My Husband." This is responsible, grown up music like that of Dr. Louise Van Aarsen and Sue Sheriff. Grownups making grownup music. The second is she presents her art unadorned with synthetic production, to very great effect. Wow...this is how it is supposed to sound."

 

Joseph Lang      Jersey Jazz

"This album should spread the word about Synia Carroll beyond Sarasota."

 

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